Showing posts with label Zach Lutz. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Lutz to Japan, Rice demoted - Germen activated, Harvey will not pitch in Majors in 2014, Terry's Job Safe for Now

Mets News and Notes:

Lutz to Japan
Zach Lutz is headed to Japan to play for the Rakuten Eagles, according to

The 28-year-old third baseman was hitting .291 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

He appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2012 and '13, producing a combined .226 average and two RBIs in 31 at-bats.

Rice demoted, Germen activated
Scott Rice, who had a banner rookie season last year after spending 14 seasons in the minors, is headed back to Triple-A.

Rice was demoted to Las Vegas after Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland as the left-handers in the bullpen.

Gonzalez Germen will be activated from the disabled list, where he had been since May 6 with a virus and abscess.

Rice was 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 32 relief appearances totaling 13 2/3 innings. That was perhaps a residual effect of last season's 73 appearances through Sept. 3, after which he required dual sports-hernia surgeries.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/24: Zach Lutz goes 3 for 3 with 2 HR's in Win, Vegas improves to 16-5

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/24:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 11, TACOMA 4: In his return to the lineup after leaving Monday's game after one inning with cramping, Zach Lutz went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs, a walk and four runs scored. Rafael Montero took a scoreless effort into his sixth and final inning, when he surrendered a three-run homer to Jesus Montero. The 51s improved to 16-5 on the season. Eric Campbell went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks. Allan Dykstra went 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .417 this season. Recently demoted Andrew Brown made his season debut with Vegas, starting in right field and going 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 4 (10 innings): Kyle Johnson’s sac fly in the bottom of the 10th plated Cory Vaughn with the game-winning run. With the score knotted at 4 in extra innings, Vaughn (3-for-4) produced a leadoff double off the right-field wall against reliever Miguel Celestino. Dustin Lawley followed with a walk and Celestino uncorked a wild pitch to push each runner up a base. Johnson, summoned as a pinch-hitter, lifted a 2-2 pitch deep enough to center to drive in Vaughn for Binghamton’s first walk-off win of the season. Chasen Bradford (1-0) worked around singles in the ninth and 10th to post two scoreless relief innings and earn the win. Starter Greg Peavey allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over a season-best seven innings in a no-decision. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 15, PALM BEACH 5: The Mets opened a 13-0 lead in the seventh and posted a season high in runs scored. Already up 1-0, the Mets plated seven runs in the second on six hits against Joe Cuda. Aderlin Rodriguez and Eudy Pina each belted a two-out, two-run single. Rehabbing Brandon Allen and Maikis De La Cruz notched RBI singles while Brandon Nimmo drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run. Nimmo walked four times on the night. The Mets added another run in the third and three more in the sixth, when De La Cruz smashed a two-run double and Nimmo collected another RBI on a double. De La Cruz’s fourth RBI of the night, a groundout in the seventh, made it 13-0. Matt Williams put the Cardinals on the board with a two-run homer in the seventh against Seth Lugo, but Rodriguez got the runs back in the eighth with a towering two-run homer. Starter Steven Matz tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering four singles. He struck out six and departed after throwing 92 pitches. Lugo worked the final 3 1/3 innings and was credited with his first save despite allowing five runs (four earned). Rodriguez also had four RBIs. Allen, Pina and Phillip Evans had three-hit games. Box

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/6: Zach Lutz's double in 9th wins it for 51's

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/6:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, FRESNO 5: With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth and two outs, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a double and Zach Lutz then doubled him home, as the 51s won in walk-off fashion. Eric Campbell had two hits. Logan Verrett started and gave up three runs (one earned) on eight hits in six innings in his Triple-A debut. Jeff Walters blew the save by giving up a run in the top of the ninth, but ended up with a win. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 4: Matt Clark and Dustin Lawley each went 3-for-4, and Kevin Plawecki was 2-for-4. Hansel Robles started and pitched five shutout innings in his Double-A debut, striking out eight and allowing just two hits. Jack Leathersich was charged with a blown save after giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings, but ended up with the win. Box

Mets High A - PALM BEACH 1, ST. LUCIE 0: Phillip Evans had two of the Mets' five hits. Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-3 but had a walk and has now reached base in all four games. Domingo Tapia started and went five innings, giving up one run on three hits. Box

Mets A - LAKEWOOD at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Lakewood, N.J., later this month.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mets News: Zack Lutz and Tim Byrdak expected to join Mets when rosters expand

Mets News:

While the bulk of call-ups will wait until after Las Vegas completes its postseason, the Mets are expected to call up Tim Byrdak and Zach Lutz on Sunday, team insiders suggested.

The Lutz call-up was precipitated by Ike Davis suffering a potentially season-ending right oblique strain Saturday.

Byrdak undoubtedly pitched during the second half in the minors with the Mets with the carrot of a September call-up. He underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder on Sept. 6. 2012. That is the same procedure Johan Santana now has twice undergone.

The Mets also plan to add Vic Black, the reliever acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Source: ESPN NY

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mets News: Lucas Duda to DL, Zach Lutz to Mets

Mets News:

Lucas Duda has landed on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain.

The Mets have promoted corner infielder Zach Lutz from Triple-A Las Vegas for Sunday's series finale against the Phillies.

Lutz was hitting .286 (53-for-185) with 11 doubles, seven homers and 37 RBIs in 53 Pacific Coast League games.

Ike Davis was not consideration to replace Lucas Duda, according to team sources.

Davis enters Saturday night with four homers in his past two games with Triple-A Las Vegas, but team officials want to get him more minor league at-bats to ensure he is ready when he returns.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/11: Lutz Leads Vegas to Victory, Ike Davis goes 0 for 3 in AAA return

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/11:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 8, TACOMA 6: Zach Lutz, playing in his first game since injuring an oblique on May 26, hit a two-out, walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to lift Vegas. Newly demoted Robert Carson had suffered a blown save in the top half of the inning, surrendering a three-run single with Tacoma down to its last strike as the Rainiers took a 6-4 lead. Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and two walks, including a base on balls ahead of Lutz's game-ending homer. Mike Baxter went 2-for-4. Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5, including an RBI single in the ninth. The three runs charged to Carson were unearned because of a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Hicks earlier in the ninth. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, TRENTON 5: Daniel Muno's three-run homer highlifted a four-run second inning against Mikey O'Brien. Cesar Puello followed with a single, moved to second on a botched pickoff and scored when Allan Dykstra singled off the glove of shortstop Carmen Angelini. Erik Goeddel (6-2) surrendered two runs in the bottom half of the frame, but no other damage while working six innings and striking out a season-high eight. With two outs in the sixth, Goeddel issued a walk and surrendered a single. He capped his night, though, by striking out Kevin Mahoney to preserve a 4-2 lead. Binghamton tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth against reliever Danny Burawa. Left fielder Ramon Flores dropped a fly ball from Richard Lucas and Blake Forsythe walked. Wilfredo Tovar then laced a two-run single. B-Mets reliever Chase Huchingson allowed three straight to reach with two outs in the eighth. Jose Pirela cut Binghamton’s lead to three with an RBI single. Jack Leathersich entered with two runners on and surrendered a single to Flores. Neil Medchill attempted to score from second on the play, but was thrown out by left fielder Joe Bonfe. Medchill barreled Forsythe at the plate, but the catcher held on to the ball to end the inning. Jeff Walters pitched the ninth and surrendered a two-run homer to Kyle Roller, trimming the lead to one. Walters rebounded to strike out Angelini and secure his league-leading 16th save. Puello left the game after getting thrown out at second base in the seventh. He walked off under his own power. Josh Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning single. The B-Mets are undefeated in the last nine games Goeddel has started. Binghamton (39-25) has won 21 of it last 28. Box

A - ST. LUCIE 4, CLEARWATER 2 (10 innings): Dustin Lawley hit a two-run homer in the 10th as the Mets (33-29) won their third straight. Aderlin Rodriguez had a two-out single before Lawley ripped his team-leading 12th homer. Chasen Bradford struck out Maikel Franco with runners at first and second in the ninth to escape the jam. Bradford earned his third win. Hamilton Bennett allowed back-to-back singles with two outs in the 10th before striking out Kyrell Hudson looking to end the game for his fourth save. Alex Panteliodis pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and nine hits. Estarlin Morel pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Rodriguez had an RBI single to score Matt Reynolds in the first and Cam Maron singled to plate Charley Thurber in the second. Box

A - ASHEVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 3 (8 innings)
SAVANNAH 1, ASHEVILLE 0 (11 innings): Brandon Nimmo's bases-loaded walk in the 11th forced in the winning run as Savannah (38-26) split the doubleheader. Starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings. Paul Sewald and Bret Mitchell (2-2) combined for five scoreless relief innings. The Gnats lost the first game in extra innings when Beck Wheeler (0-3) surrendered an eighth-inning run. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs in the sixth after Savannah took an early 3-0 lead. Box 1, Box 2

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mets News: Zach Lutz suffers oblique injury

Mets News:

One week after potential call-up Andrew Brown suffered an oblique injury, corner infielder
Zach Lutz suffered the same fate.

Lutz was forced to depart Las Vegas' 13-9 win Sunday against Salt Lake with the injury.

Lutz started at third base Sunday, and has only played in four games at first base this season. But he is on the 40-man roster and would have been a viable call-up, even for a backup role, if Ike Davis were to be demoted.

Lutz is batting .277 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 147 at-bats with the 51s this season. He had been hitting .343 with three homers and 14 RBIs in May.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mets News: Andrew Brown suffers oblique injury

Mets News:

Andrew Brown found an inopportune time to suffer an injury.

Stationed at first base for the second time in three days with Triple-A Las Vegas, Brown was forced to depart Sunday’s 51s game in Omaha with an oblique strain the half-inning after producing a third-inning sacrifice fly.

Brown, who has played more games at first base than any other position in his minor league career, had moved to that position this weekend with the 51s amidst Ike Davis’ struggles.

Had the Mets wanted to pull the trigger and promote Brown, he would have been eligible to return to the big leagues Friday, after spending 10 days in the minors. He had been demoted last week once Rick Ankiel signed.

Now, if Davis should end up in the minors and the Mets wanted to use a player from Triple-A, Zach Lutz and Josh Satin would appear the logical candidates. Lutz, unlike Satin, is on the 40-man roster.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mets News: Mets going to demote Ike Davis for Andrew Brown?

Mets News:

Although Ike Davis snapped an 0-for-24 skid Friday in a 3-2 win against the Chicago Cubs, the internal discussion about potentially demoting the first baseman has only intensified, according to

In fact, Davis may not have much more than the weekend series at Wrigley Field to show enough to stave off a demotion, according to a team source. The front office is said to be more eager to demote Davis than Terry Collins, who fought for Davis to remain at the major league level last year.

One telltale sign a change may be coming is.... Andrew Brown played first base Friday with Triple-A Las Vegas after previously playing only outfield for the 51s this season. Brown actually has played more minor league games in his career at first base than any other position. He went 3-for-15 during a stint with the Mets that ended Monday when Rick Ankiel was signed.

Brown, who is on the 40-man roster, would need to remain in the minors for 10 days, so he could not be swapped for Davis until the middle of next week.

Zach Lutz also is on the 40-man roster and would be a candidate, but the organization likely would view Brown as the best choice.

Josh Satin, although he is hitting .303 with the Pacific Coast League club, is not on the roster. That puts him at a decided disadvantage, even though he has been Las Vegas' primary first baseman.

Davis is hitting .160 with four homers and nine RBIs in 131 at-bats this season.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Collins, Lutz, Gee, Tradition

Mets News and Notes:

Zack Wheeler hopes to learn from Matt Harvey this spring.

“We talked a little bit this offseason,” Wheeler said. “I asked him to help me out this spring. He was more than willing to just let me tag along and show me the ropes a little bit, because he was sort of in the same situation last year that I am this year.

“It’s baseball,” Wheeler continued, outside the minor league clubhouse. “I’m sure it’s pretty much the same over there as it is over here. It’s all about learning and trying to get better.”

Jonathan Niese has reported early to Spring Training....

Left-handed reliever Daniel Herrera, who made 16 appearances for the Mets in 2011, expects to be ready to pitch in games in May.

The 28-year-old Herrera, an early arrival to Port St. Lucie, is about to step on a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.

He will not be in major league camp.

Herrera was not a free agent this past offseason. He remained under the Mets' control after making three early season relief appearances for Triple-A Buffalo last year.

Terry Collins in recent days has not backed Sandy Alderson's comments about Frank Francisco not having a firm hold on the closer's job.

Said Collins: “I told him the same thing yesterday. I said, ‘You’re the guy. We haven’t signed another close, per se. Bobby Parnell is here. I heard [Brandon] Lyon is going to have a physical. [Scott] Atchison is here. We’ve got candidates. But you’re the guy. But we’ve got to get you ready. And if you’re not ready, I’ve got to find somebody else.'

"And that’s kind of what Sandy is saying. This guy, with what’s happened last year, with his elbow issues, he’s got to go out and earn a job. If he’s healthy, he will earn the job, in my opinion.”

Zach Lutz’s transition to outfielder became more official Thursday with outfield coach Tom Goodwin now at the Mets’ spring-training complex.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Turner and Lutz in the Mets Outfield?

The Mets plan to give infielders Justin Turner and Zach Lutz an opportunity at playing time in the outfield during spring training, manager Terry Collins told Thursday.

That plan could change should the team supplement its current options with an addition via trade or free agency.

Lutz hasn't played in the outfield at any level since becoming a professional, while Turner hasn't spent time in the outfield since rookie ball in 2006.

Turner, 28, hit .269/.319/.392 with two home runs in 185 plate appearances for the Mets in 2012. He made at least 10 appearances at first base, second base, shortstop and third base for the team last season.

Lutz, 26, had just 11 plate appearances with the Mets in his first major-league action last season, but hit .299/.410/.496 with 10 home runs in 294 Triple-A plate appearances in 2012.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Swept Again, Retaliation, Bay, Wright's Agents, Murphy, Harvey, Lutz, Duda, Savannah

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets were swept in a six-game homestand for the second time in the second half and are now 4-21 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.

They have a day off before opening a weekend series in Milwaukee. Jon Niese (10-9, 3.47 ERA) opposes right-hander Mike Fiers (9-7, 3.05) in Friday's opener, followed by Jenrry Mejia's first major league start in two years on Saturday opposite right-hander Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.71). Chris Young (4-7, 4.39) opposes right-hander Wily Peralta (1-0, 3.46) in Sunday's finale.

Terry Collins said he met, along with David Wright, with Ryan Braun at the All-Star Game to try to ensure there would be no retaliation for D.J. Carrasco plunking Braun during a May series at Citi Field. Collins had pulled Wright from that game to ensure Milwaukee could not get a reprisal against him before leaving Queens.

Collins believes Jason Bay's struggles may be related to slowed reaction times caused by a pair of serious concussions suffered during the past three seasons.

David Wright told the Daily News he supported his agents, whom he has employed since he was a teenager, despite a reported MLB/MLBPA investigation into whether they were involved in helping procure performance-enhancing drugs for players.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Astros - Game 23 - Mets Activate Torres, Option Lutz

Captian Kirk at the Top of Lineup
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Astros - Game 23:
  1. Nieuwenhuis-LF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Murphy-2B
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Davis-1B
  6. Baxter-RF
  7. Torres-CF
  8. Thole-C
  9. Dickey-RHP
The Mets officially activate outfielder Andres Torres from the 15-Day Disabled List. Zach Lutz was optioned to Buffalo after Sunday's game.

Friday, March 11, 2011

F-Mart ,Tejada among others optioned back to Triple A

Beltran's tendinitis in his left knee opened up the possibility of  Fernando Martinez  making the opening day roster. Martinez had been seen as one of the players who might assume his place in the lineup. But the 22-year-old outfielder, who has been among the club's most promising prospects, was optioned to Minor League camp along with shortstop Ruben Tejada, third baseman Zach Lutz, infielder Jordany Valdespin and right-handed pitchers Armando Rodriguez, Josh Stinson and Manny Alvarez.

Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, catcher Kai Gronauer and right-handed pitchers John Lujan and Tobi Stone were re-assigned to Minor League camp. Forty-five players, including 12 non-roster invitees, remain in camp.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mets add four to 40 man roster

The day before the midnight deadline to protect players for the Rule 5 draft, the Mets added four players to their 40-man roster: RHP John Stinson, RHP Armando Rodriguez, 3B Zach Lutz, IF Jordany Valdespin. The roster now stands at 37.

Stinson, 22, posted a 4.24 ERA at Class A Port St. Lucie last season. In Double A, he allowed eight runs in four starts. Rodriguez, 22, went 8-9 with a 3.08 ERA in 27 starts with Class-A Savannah.

Lutz, 24, compiled a .967 OPS in Double A, hitting 17 homers in 61 games. Valdespin, a 22-year-old who just returned from a stint in the Arizona Fall League, hit .272 with a .300 OBP in Class A and Double A last season.
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